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MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 8:00pm PDT
on the playing field. this morning president obama got a high five and a big hug from scott, the one who bear hugged the president last month. >> we had a severe outbreak last night. it was at least stage three romnesia. i just want to go over some of the symptoms because i want to make sure nobody in the surrounding area catches it. if you say that you love american cars during a debate but you wrote an article titled "let detroit go bankrupt," you might have romnesia. if you talk about how much you love teachers during a debate, but said just a few weeks ago that we shouldn't hire anymore because they won't grow the economy, what do you have? >> romnesia. >> the president is fired up, but it's not all fun and games. the president and vice president told a crowd in ohio mitt romney's flip-flops are deadly serious. >> we joke about governor romney being all over the map, but it speaks to something important. it speaks of trust. there's no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust. trust matters. >> president obama has been raising the trust question about mitt romney i
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 3:00am PDT
slight uptick for mr. obama from last month, mika. we should note this polling was conducted after the third and final debate. >> and if there was any doubt about romney's momentum, look at what happened in virginia. a new fox news poll shows romney now leading by two points. last month the same poll had obama up seven. and in the abc/"washington post" daily tracking poll of likely voters, romney has taken a three-point lead, 50%-47%. on monday, the president was leading 49%-48%. and on the economy when asked who voters trust more on that issue, romney now has a sizeable nine-point lead. >> so you look at these national polls, mika, abc news/"washington post" poll showing a four-point lead in the national poll. this week. a four-point swing in the national poll. gallup, of course, has had mitt romney ahead i think way too much over the past week or two. sometimes five, six points. and in the national poll, it really does seem -- if you take all the polls, it really does seem like mitt romney is moving away from barack obama. and yet you go to these swing states, nevada, holding ste
MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 8:00am PDT
♪ >>> hi, everybody. good morning. topping the agenda, the final offensive. president obama launching a full-scale all-out campaign push after debating mitt romney. starting tomorrow, the president begins a two-day six-state barn storm. he tried to build on the debate again, criticizing governor romney for moves to the middle. >> we've come up with a name for this condition. it's called romnesia. we had a severe outbreak last night. it was at least stage three romnesia. >> but the strategy last night, stay strong, sharp and relentless. the commander in chief brought a bayonet to a foreign policy knife fight. >> your strategy previously has been one that's been all over the map. i know you haven't been in a position to actually execute foreign policy. you mentioned the navy for example and we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. governor, we have fewer horses and bayonets. the question is not a game of battleship where we're counting ships. it is what are our capables? >> those were cheap shots that he took at mitt romney last night. i think you should treat your opponent wi
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 9:00pm PDT
spring wire, mr. romney hammered away at president obama for not being tough on china. not the way that he mitt romney would be tough on china. but the company mr. romney chose for his backdrop that day, the company that he chose to implicitly help make that case so happened to be a poster child for success by president obama in getting tough on china. in 2009 in the first months of president obama's presidency, american spring wire joined with two other makers to ask for help. china was unfairly dumping steel wire in the united states market at artificial low prices. they asked for help. the commerce department said they would investigate and the commerce department did move to protect american spring wire. they cracked down on china for dumping their underpriced product. thus the company was benefitted. they got the help they wanted. a company that was then used as a backdrop for mitt romney saying president obama had not been tough on china. today mr. romney gave a major address on economic policy. this is part of his closing argument for the presidency. he delivered the speech
MSNBC
Oct 22, 2012 7:30pm PDT
. that was to abc news on july 29th. i think the biggest mistake he, meaning president obama has made in afghanistan was announcing the specific date that he would withdraw. he said this president has done an extraordinary thing he announced the date of our withdrawal. that was wrong. mr. romney today just flat out reversing his previous rejection to there being a withdrawal date from afghanistan, as he very tightly hugged president obama on everything from drones to egypt to syria to a number of other matters tonight on which there was less disagreement than we might have expected before the debate. chris matthews? what's your take? >> let me take my favorite role for a minute, my role of critic. you think about the united states. let's talk about our country instead of the middle east and israel that was focused on far too much. let's focus on the united states. nothing about the drug trade coming through latin-america which is the greatest threat to our culture in many ways. the failure of european finance, which is always hanging over us every day. we get new stock market worries
MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 2:00am PDT
president obama and republican nominee mitt romney, there are just 14 days left before american voters choose their next president. according to a cbs news instant polls on uncommitted voters, president obama was a clear 2-1 victor with 53% saying he won. governor romney got 23%. 24% called it a tie. a cnn orc international poll called the debate closer, with 48% saying obama won while 40% picked obama. for more we go to nbc's steve handlesman who's in florida for us. steve, good morning. >> reporter: hi, lynn. thanks. good morning from boca raton, florida. the debate here last night was clearly the most combative so far. though surprising to some, not on the issue of libya. mitt romney was able to make his larger point, his claim that america is weaker now overseas than it was four years ago. mitt romney and barack obama came to their third and final debate tied in national polls, but their tv audience seemed sure to be smaller. baseball's national league playoffs and monday night football got millions of viewers who missed the faceoff on muslim extremists. >> i congratulate him on ta
MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 7:00pm PDT
, president obama began the day campaigning in florida and then flew to ohio where he tried to reinforce the obama message in last night's debate. >> america needs leadership that is strong and steady. unfortunately governor romney's foreign policy has been wrong and reckless. you heard him last night. during the debate he said he didn't want more troops in iraq, but he was caught on a video just a few months ago saying it was unthinkable not to leave 20,000 troops in iraq. >> and here is that caught-on-video moment that president obama is referring to. >> this president's failure to put in place an agreement to allowing troops to stay in iraq. unthinkable. >> dr. obama thinks he saw more system toms of romnesia last night. you wrote an article titled "let detroit go bankrupt." you definitely have a case of romnesia. there's a cure, but you've got to vote to make sure that the medicine is there for romnesia. >> vice president joe biden is still humble enough to admit that last night's debate left him confused. >> last night you saw governor romney rushing to agree with the pres
MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 11:00am PDT
president obama is the poll giapologist a weak commander in chief. what i found stunning last night, tamron, time and again, syria, egypt, afghanistan, bin laden, so many different things, the drones, it was governor romney saying me, too. there was no daylight between them. that is not the mitt romney that captured the gop nomination. >> lois, i said smooth or rough move because this is all last night, at least a lot of the analysis this morning is point of view. it's one of those things of what did you want to see? you have conservatives and republicans that said governor romney did a great job. they don't see any deception or any malpractice, if you will, political malpractice in the transition he's made when you look at the columns and op-eds from democrats. they say governor romney was weak and did not have a game to bring on foreign policy. are we simply at the point no matter what happened at that debate last night, you have the pundits and writers who have their story line and point of view, and that's what we see for the next 14 days? >> i think there's really something to
MSNBC
Oct 24, 2012 2:30am PDT
obama. that clip, later in the show. >>> let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock here in new york city. we begin with the final sprint to election day. the keanes' travel plans tell you everything you need to know about where this race will be had. our nbc political team puts the remaining number of tossup states now at seven with a total of 89 electoral votes up for grabs. today alone, the white house connecticco contenders will hit four of the states from davenport to reno, nevada. the latest "washington post"/abc news poll, this race is statistically tied. mitt romney looking to claim the momentum yesterday with just 13 days to go. >> these debates have super charged our campaign. there's no question about it. we're seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support. i had to look at the president's campaign as well through the eyes of those debates. and well, you know, he's been reduced to try to defend characters on "sesame street" and word games of various kinds and then misfired attacks after one another. we've gone through four debates with the vice pr
MSNBC
Oct 28, 2012 4:00am PDT
the last week, the romney campaign against president obama carries the scent of hell. john sununu, the top romney surrogate, barks at that lazy one in the white house who doesn't know how to be an american, who sarah palin mocks for shucking and jiving, and donald trump accuses again and again and again of being from kenya and playing monkey business with the country's economic numbers. you know, the same fellow romney says cheats on the welfare checks to feed his political base. the guy gingrich calls the food stamp president. listen to sununu last night yelling at former governor bill richardson to shut up saying general colin powell's political judgment is based on racial bias. trump offering a big bet the president won't show his student transcripts all to diminish the president's academic rise to editor of the harvard law review. yes, it's all directed at drumming up the blue collar white vote for the republican ticket and, yes, it smells. david corn is author of "the 47 percent" and joy reid is managing editor of the grio. both are msnbc political analysts. if the romney cam
MSNBC
Oct 27, 2012 4:00am PDT
joining us at 7:30 a.m. from delaware. >>> front page politics now. new this morning, president obama in his weekly address emphasizing the progress made four years after the wall street crisis. >> businesses have added more than 5 million new jobs, the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since i took office. home values are rising again. and our assembly lines are humming once more. >> meantime, president obama says he wants to work with congressional republicans to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that would trigger tax hikes and spending cuts. two short months from now. >>> so, also new this morning, we have president obama picking up another endorsement, though not unexpected. this one coming from the chicago tribune. mitt romney and paul ryan made a joint appearance last night in the battleground state of ohio. >> not just picking a president for four years, we're picking what kind of country we're going to be. what kind of people we're going to be. what kind of country we're going to give to our kids. >> we want real change. we want big change. and paul ryan and i a
MSNBC
Oct 22, 2012 3:00pm PDT
president obama and mitt romney tied at 47% among likely voters. this is a dead heat. but the president is leading in the likely electoral count. the new yoknew yor york times b shows that the president has 288 compared to 2508 for mitt romney. 270 are needed to win the election. the times blog gives president obama a 67% chance of winning the election versus a 32% chance for mitt romney. so far, 4.4 million americans have already cast their votes, absentee ballots, or early votings have been used. later in this show, we'll have much more on what those early voting numbers mean and on the republican efforts to keep democratic votes down. but we start with tonight's lead. mitt romney's playing politics with foreign policy. tonight's debate topic is foreign policy, an area where the president has proven himself time and time again. it's a different story for governor romney. he stumbled on international affairs throughout this campaign. and he has shown an unsteady hand on the tragedy in libya. unsteady and highly political. just hours after ambassador chris stevens and three other americans
MSNBC
Oct 25, 2012 11:00am PDT
nation" is following the campaigns grounding it out with 12 days ago. right now president obama on the ground in virginia. within the hour he's in chicago to vote early in his hometown, and earlier while in tampa the president again went after the gop over richard mourdock's remark that pregnancy from rate is, quote, something got intended. >> as we saw again this week, i don't think any politician in washington, most of whom are male, should be making health care decisions for women. >> and mitt romney is campaigning all day in ohio hitting cincinnati this morning and columbus in the next hour. >> our campaign is about big things, because we happen to believe that america faces big challenges. we recognize this is a year with a big choice, and the americans want to see big changes and i'm going to bring it to this country. >> and ohio is exactly where the big number worth watching today is focused. "time" magazine has the president up by five points in the buckeye state. when you look at women voters in ohio, president obama is up by 19 points. in early voting president obama has a 2-
MSNBC
Oct 29, 2012 9:00am PDT
ohio and stumping in iowa and wisconsin later today. meanwhile, president obama is in a holding pattern, kangs ling events in ohio and florida to return to washington and monitor the storm. the white house canceled the president's trip to wisconsin scheduled for tomorrow. but while voters won't see him on the trail they will see him in the role of commander in chief including later this hour when he delivers a statement on the hurricane from the white house. and perhaps voters will be wondering how a president romney might handle the very same situation. one indication comes from a primary debate in june of last year, when governor romney made the case for shutting down fema and passing the responsibility on to the states. >> fema is about to run out of money and some people say do it on a case-by-case basis and some who say maybe we're learning a lesson here the states should take on more of this role. >> absolutely. every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. and if you can go even fu
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 8:00am PDT
president obama will end up with a double digit lead among women -- >> if these views are so extreme though -- congresswoman if these views are so extreme, why is there a tightening? why wouldn't the president just be storming away? >> well, we've known that this was going to be a tight election all the way through and we've been in the process of standing up most significant, largest grassroots presidential campaign in history, the contrast between president obama and mitt romney on women's issues in particular, on women's health is very stark, mitt romney has the most extreme views really of any modern times presidential nominee when it comes to women's reproductive health, when it comes to making sure that women have economic equity. he still won't say whether he would sign the lilly ledbetter fair pay act into law. women lose $431,000 over their professional life by not getting equal pay for equal work. it's real money and at the end of the day when women go cast their ballot in the ballot box, president obama will have a double-digit lead with women because of mitt romney's being so ou
MSNBC
Oct 25, 2012 8:00pm PDT
about women's health care decisions. >> president obama has a consistent message on this topic. when congressman todd akin made his legitimate rape comments back in august, the president denounced them in a similar way. >> let me first of all say the views expressed were offensive. rape is rape. and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we're talking about doesn't make sense to the american people. and certainly doesn't make sense to me. >> consistency and trust are key messages in the closing days of the 2012 election. president obama wants people to know that they can believe what he says, unlike his opponent. >> you want to know that whoever's in the oval office is going to fight for you. you want to know that they're not just going to take the politically expedient path. and you know what? you know me. you know i say what i mean and i mean what i say. >> you don't need to wonder where president obama stands on the akin or mourdock comments. the same cannot be said for mitt romney. romney said he still supports the senate candidate, and o
MSNBC
Oct 29, 2012 2:30am PDT
commuter trains going nowhere. there's eight days until the presidential election. president obama and mitt romney being forced to change plans as the storm approaches. more on that in just a moment. first, lets ae go right to bill karins for the very latest on this hurricane. bill . >>> good morning to you, willie. new update from the national hurricane center. there was zero good news spread by them. the storm has increased in intensity a little bit. now we're looking at possibly 80 to 90 mile per hour landfall. maybe the storm surge could be a little bit worse. this is not what anyone wanted to hear. the winds are now the up to 85 miles per hour. that's a healthy hurricane. for this time of year it's ridiculous. you don't get these this far north this time of year. it's moving to the north at 15. now only about 350 to 400 miles away from new york city. here's the new forecast path. they shifted it just a little bit south. it was up here in central jersey and now they lowered it a little bit towards wildwood. that's a better forecast for a few spots including philadelphia. it's one of tho
MSNBC
Oct 25, 2012 9:00am PDT
firefighters by 7:30 this morning. obama the underdog versus romney the ascent dant is the dominant narrative on the trail. >> patrol this in my voice is getting hoarse. have to keep on keeping on. >> we're going to win november 6th. >> we're going to pull an all-nighter. no sleep. >> we've had a number of debates lately. you know they have really propelled our campaign. >> i believe in you. i need you to keep believing in me. >> the obama campaign is slipping. and shrinking. >> we always knew this was going to be a close race from the start. folks in your business were writing me off a year ago, saying there's no way i would win. >> if i'm elected -- no, when i'm elected -- >> i've come to ask you for your vote. >> i'm optimistic, not just about winning, we are going to win, by the way. >> don't boo. vote! vote! >> the obama campaign is also out with this new ad showing consequences of staying at home. >> 537, the number of votes that changed the course of american history. >> florida is too close to call. >> the difference between what was and what could have been. so this year, i
MSNBC
Oct 28, 2012 12:00pm PDT
obama campaign canceled scheduled events this week. in northern virginia. of course there was supposed to be the rally with bill clinton and prince william county. canceling an event in colorado springs. colorado due to the hurricane as well. meanwhile in battleground ohio, the race now officially a dead heat. this is the latest poll from the cincinnati inquirer and ohio news organization. it shows the president and governor romney tied. at 49-49. you can bet the campaigns are closely watching sandy's path along the east coast. just nine days before the election. sandy may be having some lasting effects in several states. especially in the crucial battleground state of virginia joining me now, christian kabowski. the republican national committee's national press secretary. kristen, good afternoon to you. the romney campaign canceling events in the commonwealth today. how worried are you at this point about the storm, and its aftermath affecting the campaign's last days before the election. >> well obviously our primary concern right now has to be the hurricane and all those i
MSNBC
Oct 29, 2012 12:00pm PDT
washington weathers the storm. president obama is tracking developments from the white house where he spoke this afternoon. >> please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. when they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. do not delay. don't pause. don't question the instructions that are being given, because this is a serious storm and it could potentially have fatal consequences. >> this storm is so massive, so unlike anything we've seen before that parts of the country like here in west virginia are bracing for blizzard conditions. we begin our breaking coverage with nbc's ron allen. he's along the "jersey shore." ron, describe the conditions where you are right now. >> reporter: it's gotten much worse in the last couple of hours. i'm standing on top of a sand tune about is it 12 feet tall. i have top anchor myself to maintain my position. we're keeping a close eye on the ocean back here, which is about 20 yards away and getting closer by the hour. the waves are as high as 10 to 12 feet it looks like. this dune about 30 yards wide is the last line of defense
MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 4:00pm PDT
do you want? obama's a man of the world. he respects other countries, accepts the fact we are, we americans, part of this planet. maybe the best part. but we share the world, and we better be a smart, just, and competent citizen in it. we need to take the long view of our interests and use our influence when we can but also avoid stuff that makes the future more dangerous. romney, well, clearly he's in debt to the hawks, the neoconservatives who write the stuff we heard last night, this talk of accusing the president of iran of genocide for the things he said about israel. it's purely political stuff. that and what he said about russia being our number one enemy in the world today. all this old cold war stuff. what's beneath it? who knows. what we do know is he feels the need to wear that neocon suit. will he rip it off if elected? why would anyone think that? he spoke about wanting a peaceful planet. talk about learning a dance for the occasion. john heilemann and ron reagan join us. mitt has a tendency to assume whatever political profile he thought would best help him win. in 2
MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 9:00am PDT
a long and winding apology tour took place on the debate stage but it was not led by president obama. governor mitt romney appeared to walk back nearly every foreign policy position he's ever taken and instead, make nice with president obama. right out of the gate moderator bob schieffer teed up a question on perhaps the biggest vulnerability the handling of the attack in benghazi. instead of continuing the criticism romney has kept up since the first 24 hours of the incident he pivoted to mali. >> we see in libya an attack, apparently by i had think we know now by terrorists of some kind against our people there, four people dead, our hearts and minds goes to them. mali has been taken over by al qae qaeda-type videos. >> the pattern would continue on nearly every major issue romney stood with the president. >> we're going to have to recognize that we have to do as the president has done. i congratulate him on taking out osama bin laden and going after the leadership in al qaeda. would you have stuck with mubarak? >> no. i believe as the president indicated and said at the time i sup
MSNBC
Oct 22, 2012 1:00pm PDT
, full heart. >> hours left until tonight's final debate. >> president obama and mitt romney will meet face-to-face in florida. >> the president just now arriving as you see in florida. >> tonight is the candidates' last chance to reach millions of people. >> governor romney wants to politicize women. >> he went in the rose garden ansaid this was an act of terror. >> world affairs are a challenge for every candidate. >> i want to fight you. >> and i have to say i'm impressed with how well governor romney has avoided that problem. >> he went in the rose garden and said this was an act of terror. >> we got to name this condition he's going through. >> russia, this is without question our number one geopolitical foe. i'm not familiar with precisely with what exactly i said. >> i think it's called romnesia. >> but i stand by what i said, whatever it was. ♪ >> we are just hours from the third and final debate of 2012, and tonight is the last chance for these candidates to command an audience of millions and to persuade voters that they deserve the trust of the american people for the next
MSNBC
Oct 24, 2012 3:00pm PDT
when he stood up to that woman who said to his face that obama was an arab. but he was a prisoner all of those years in hanoi. romney has never served his country. the only prisoner he's been captive of are the right wing haters that are smelling up the republican campaign. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. 13 days until election day. here's where the race stands. the "new york times" 538 blog shows president obama leading the national poll average with 50% of the popular vote. mitt romney has 48.9%. and according to 538, if the election were held today, the president would win re-election well 288 electoral votes. romney would get 250. it takes 270 votes to win the white house. a brand new ohio poll gives the president a five-point lead in that crucial state propelled by a two to one average in early voting. as of tonight, 6.5 million people have already voted in this election. with over a million voting in just the last 24 hours. we'll have much more on t
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 10:00am PDT
, thursday romney borrowed a page from president obama's 2008 playbook calling himself the candidate of change. >> this is a time when america faces big challenges. we have a big election and we want a president who will actually bring big changes and i will and he won't. >> hello, everybody. hello. so exciting. >> getting out the vote, president obama in chicago to cast his early ballot and encourage voters to do the same. >> all across the country we're seeing a lot of early voting. it means you don't have to, you know, figure out whether you need to take time off work, figure out how to pick up the kids, and still cast your ballot. if something happens on election day. >> and don't be late, first lady michele obama shares her unique strategy for getting people to the polls with jimmy kimmel. >> election day, election day. up and adam. let's go. it's election day. come on, let's go. get your shoes on. up up. >> all right. okay. >> time to vote. you can do it. >> okay. i'm going. >> out the door, out the door. >> and eat some carrots. >> in truth that's not a bad method. i'm chris c
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 1:00am PDT
to his vest, and decided to make his endorsement in the presidential race between barack obama and john mccain that year, colin powell choosing obama for his endorsement was pretty much the last thing in the world the mccain campaign needed to hear. at that point, they were already becoming a really evident long shot. the race was starting to increasingly look like it wasn't even going to be close. and the colin powell endorsement just took the wind out of the mccain campaign's sails. john mccain responded to the endorsement that same day by going on fox news and sighing that, well, it wasn't all that much of a surprise. he at least, though, was able to say even if he did not have colin powell's endorsement, he did have endorsements from some other former republican secretaries of state. so at least he had those names to offer for counterbalance. the romney campaign's counterbalance tonight to them losing the colin powell endorsement this year is a whole different kind of counterbalance. >> you want to call me crazy, go to hell. call me crazy all you want. >> this morning, on cbs,
MSNBC
Oct 24, 2012 7:00pm PDT
the forced birth movement. >> with just 13 days until the election today, president obama embarked on a campaign trip through battleground states with the most intense 48 hour travel schedule of his re-election campaign. >> no sleep. we're starting here in iowa, we're going to colorado, then to nevada, then to florida, virginia, ohio. i am going to stop in chicago to vote. >> and president obama still had time to sit down with brian williams in colorado. >> the one thing i've tried to always be is just steady, in terms of what i believe in, who i'm fighting for and i think that one of the qualities i bring to bear in this campaign is people see what did i say i was going to do in 2008 and what have i delivered, and they can have some confidence that the things i say, i mean. >> here is what president obama told colorado voters today. >> the reason i want four more years is because i've got a plan that will actually create jobs. a plan that will actually create middle class security. and unlike mitt romney, i'm actually proud to talk about what's in my plan. because it actually adds
MSNBC
Oct 25, 2012 2:00pm PDT
. president obama is keeping the pressure on, as you can see in the last days of the campaign, and linking mitt romney to richard mourdock. that's the guy from -- what's that state, wisconsin, indiana, including on jay leno last night. let's listen to the president. >> i don't know how these guys come up with these ideas. let me make a very simple proposition. rape is rape. it is a crime. the second thing that's underscored though is this is exactly why you don't want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women's health care decisions. >> well, that went over pretty well out there. that's nonport san crowd generally. the president went further pointing out the next president's influence over the supreme court is going to be enormous. we have a lot of older justices. let's listen. >> you've got a supreme court that, you know, typically a president is going to have probably another couple of appointments during the course of his term, and roe vor sus wade is probably hanging in the balance. >>ed to at a rally in tampa, florida, the president alluded to mourdock
MSNBC
Oct 22, 2012 10:00am PDT
with china? president obama at camp david for debate prep. his challenger camped out in florida, including a break for flag football with the staff and reporters on the beach. >> figure out which of the players is best and take them out early. >>> and live from new york, who is that undecided voter at "snl's" town hall debate? >> we've reached our final question of the night and this is from kerry lapkiss. >> i'm waving. can you see me? can you see me? >> mr. lapkiss, please. >> libya. >> bob schieffer will do better than that tonight. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in boca raton, florida, lynn university, where the candidates will face off tonight for the very last time before election day. big moments tonight could well matter in a race that is destined for a photo finish, according to our latest polls. joining me for our daily fix, chris cillizza, msnbc contributor and managing editor of post politics.com, and chuck todd, nbc political director, chief white house correspondent and the host of "the daily rundown." welcome, both. first to you, chuck. we're talking about an
MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 10:00am PDT
. romney's out west with rallies in nevada and colorado later today. president obama in florida kicking off a three-day blitz trying to show he has a second term agenda and he's even got the handy pamphlet to prove it. >> in this campaign, i've laid out a plan for jobs and middle-class security. and unlike mitt romney, i'm actually proud to talk about what's in it. because my plan actually will move america forward. and by the way, the math in my plan adds up. >> god day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. the presidential debates are over. the campaigns now in a frantic nonstop push for seven battleground states. and who will get a bump out of both? joining me david axelrod, senior adviser to the obama campaign. thank you very much, david, for being with us. >> good to be with you. >> got a plan, got a pamphlet. deja vu all over again as yogi berra would say, reminded me of putting people first, bill clinton after the new hampshire primary he had that pamphlet in florida when he went down battling off the late paul son gas. what is the strategy in coming up with a pamphlet now wit
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Oct 25, 2012 3:00am PDT
. >> it was deaveresque, the hay. >> brian williams in the hay, barack obama in the hay. >> they had a lot of hay. >> look at the american flag in the background. >> if you look carefully, you can find glen campbell and roy clark. >> at some point can we listen to what was said in the interview? because it was fascinating. >> no. as howard kurtz says, we're all about style, not substance. >> brian's team was amazing. >> but we can talk about two stoners and kung fu panda knocking out the best player. >> that's all it takes. that's all it takes. >> how about the giants, man. >> the kung fu panda, mr. sandoval -- >> historic. >> three home runs in one game. only the fourth player in history to ever do that are reggie jackson, babe ruth and albert pujols. he's a human panda. he hit that pitch 95-mile-an-hour justin verlander heat up at the shoulders. and he took that thing 411 feet to dead center field. that was basically the end of the game. then he comes back and does it again a couple innings later. >> willie, this is historic, obviously. verlander, though, speaking of three, he's lost
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Oct 26, 2012 8:00pm PDT
issues or whether he has a slightly different reason for supporting president obama. >> going after colin powell. tonight colin powell's former chief of staff lawrence wilkerson on sununu's charge. >>> and michael eric dyson on racism as a campaign tactic in the year 2012. >>> plus righties are freaking out, calling the obama campaign satanic over this ad. >> super uncool to be out and about did you vote, no, i wasn't ready. >> and lives hang in the balance if obama care gets repealed. pearl jam guitarist mike mccready is standing up for people with preexisting conditions and he joins "the ed show" tonight. good to have you with us, folks. thanks for watching. all eyes are on ohio in the final weeks of the 2012 election. the romney campaign hit a sour note last night at a rally in the buckeye state. ♪ ♪ and crown from sea, to shining sea ♪ yeah! >> actually, the note mitt romney hit was a heck of a lot worse than that. the republican nominee out of nowhere told a crowd of supporters some unexpected information about auto jobs in nearby toledo, ohio. >> i saw a story today that
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Oct 22, 2012 11:30pm PDT
informal. this is not scientific. a big night for obama. how many of you thought that president obama won the debate? won debate. you think it was a draw? >> i believe it was a draw. >> did anybody think mitt romney won the debate? not at all. we also have some deciders from this undecided group. matt you say you're going to vote for president obama. why? >> i saw the president is decisive when he spoke about his actions against bin laden. he made that decision. he knows what he's doing and he had to go against some of his cabinet. >> you were in new york on 9/11. >> his comments about the young lady who was four and is now 14. >> you were firmly for mitt romney even though you thought he lost. >> i thought obama did a great job but i felt very, it was very interesting to see romney's views on still bringing in the economy with foreign issues. >> because the economy is very important. there's a big unemployment rate. everybody knows somebody who has been hit by the foreclosure crisis. jane, you came in leaning for romney. you're leaving leaning for the president. >> right. >> wh
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Oct 21, 2012 11:00pm PDT
negotiations over iran's nuclear program, according to obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomat effort to avoid a military strike on iran. it's been suggested that the talks wait until after the presidential election. but a senior administration official said telling their american counterparts they want to know with whom they would be negotiating. what is your reaction to this? >> well, my reaction is the white house has denied it, so i don't think there's much more to talk about. they denied that. obviously, war is always the last option. no one wants a war. we would hope this could get solved in another way. i think the military option has to be on the table, and both candidates have said that. and i think there is also concern. and i'm not talking about this story but just in general that iran has often used negotiations in the past to buy themselves time. but the white house is denying that story this morning, and therefore there's not much to talk about. >> what they are denying is that there's a final decision. that doesn't mean it's ca
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Oct 26, 2012 9:00am PDT
mitt romney triz ig to win the election as barack obama in 2008. >> the challenges we face are bigger than the smallness of our politics. >> this is a big choice. this is an election about big things. >> we need a much bolder and much bigger set of solutions. >> given the big challenges we have and the big election we have, it's time for a big change. >> we'll change this country and we will change the world. >> paul ryan and i represent a big change for america. >> we are four days away from bringing change to america. >> on november 7th it's going to start getting better just with the news we've voted for big change. >> the time for change has come. >> there's time for a big change. >> romney's rhetoric isn'ts the only thing that has an odd de va have you quality to it. governor romney will deliver a policy speech? iowa on the economy. according to excerpts he will present a few goals that sound obama-esque. quote -- but in reality, and be off the stump romney's economic policies couldn't be more of a departure from the current administration. phil philip rucker writes in "the washi
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Oct 27, 2012 9:00am PDT
event in pensacola later this hour. meanwhile the obama camp has released a new ad taking aim at mr. romney's economic plan. >> in here it's just you. no ads, no debates, just you. so think about this. mitt romney's plan rolls back regulations on the banks that crashed our economy. medicare voucherized. >> president obama also talking about avoiding the fiscal cliff which would trigger tax hikes and spending cuts two short months from now. he says he wants to work with congressional republicans on it. >> i've said to folks, i'll go to capitol hill. i'll wash john boehner's car. i'll walk mitch mcconnell's dog. i'll do whatever is required to get this done. >> president obama heads to new hampshire a bit later today for a stop in nashua. vice president biden is scheduled to hold an event in lynch burg, virginia. >>> now we go to ohio where nbc's ron mott is on that bus tour with paul ryan. hello to you ron again. where are you in the many stops on that bus tour today? >> reporter: hey there, alex. i've got to get my back stretched out. we've got five stops as you mentioned here today
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Oct 23, 2012 6:00am PDT
between president obama and mitt romney. packed a punch. the biggest bellwether of the night might be a back and forth, not over the middle east, china or europe but ohio. a battle over the buckeye state was one of the few topics that pushed romney to engage the president and ohio's one of seven battleground states. we'll show you where you'll see the candidates nonstop. one state not on the list anymore, nevada. find out why the silver state may be gold for the president's electoral vote. good morning from lynn university in boca raton, florida. two weeks until election day. let me repeat, it's two weeks until election day, and also october 23, 2012, this is "the daily rundown" and i'm chucked to. let's get to first reads. the third and final debate between president obama and mitt romney was a study in contrast. but it wasn't contrast on the debate itself. an aggressive president acting like a candidate with more to prove and a risk averse romney playing prevent defense, aiming to do no harm. president gamed arm with zingers trying to disqualify romney as potential commander in c
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Oct 24, 2012 6:00pm PDT
in the ohio part of ohioa. prp p president obama today was in the iowa part of ohioa. at least president obama was there at the very start of what turned out to be a very busy presidential day. >> this is the first stop on our 48th hour fly-around campaign marathon extravaganza. we're going to pull an all-nighter. no sleep. we're starting here in iowa, we're going to colorado. then we're going to go to nevada. then we're going to florida. virginia, ohio. i am going to stop in chicago to vote. >> when i first saw the transcript of those remarks from the president today, i thought he was sketching out his itinerary from now until election day. but that is what his itinerary is between now and tomorrow. the president is voting in illinois tomorrow. so the iowa, colorado, california, nevada, florida, virginia, and then illinois trip that the president is on right now is a 48-hour trip. it does not even get him until the end of the week. on the other side of the aisle, mitt romney and his running mate, paul ryan, are taking it much slower than the democrats at this point. mr. romney
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Oct 24, 2012 12:00pm PDT
appearances right now in reno gambling on a state that put all the chips on barack obama last time around. >>> mo cocco is in the house. why are we telling nuns they can't vote? >>> dysfunction is bigger than elections. it's what washington elected not to do that costs families next year. are they right this time? >>> all that plus the electoral college. what's up with that? >>> t-minus 13 days and the candidates in a fight to the fin initial in the state that is matter most. the president racking up the miles on air force one hitting seven states in two days. >> this is the first stop on our 48-hour fly around campaign marathon extravaganza. we're going to pull an all-nighter. no sleep. we're starting here in iowa. we're going to colorado. then we're going to go to nevada. then we're going to florida, virginia, ohio. i am going to stop in chicago to vote. >> and right now, mitt romney is speaking in nevada. he and paul ryan focusing there hoping to sweet the spot of 270 electoral votes. ohio is the key to that math with 18 votes on its own. more money has been spent on ads in the
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Oct 24, 2012 3:00am PDT
. i don't think, based on my conversation with the obama folks yesterday, i don't think the president's going to be doing very many interviews like the kind he's going to do with brian over the next couple days. and that "des moines register" thing, i don't think we've seen that play out completely. the paper says it's not going to impact their endorsement, but i think there will be a lot of talk in iowa to do it the way he did. >> we'll talk about it this morning. i can't wait to get mike's input. i wonder how "the globe" editors would handle that. let's go to the top of the news, mika. >> we're in the final sprint before election day, and the canned da candidates' travel plans tell you everything. the nbc political team puts the remaining of toss-up states at seven with a total of 89 electoral votes up for grabs. today alone, the white house contenders and their running mates will hit at least four of those states from reno, nevada, to davenport, iowa. just a single point separates the two candidates among likely voters. that's according to the latest abc news/"washington
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Oct 22, 2012 5:00pm PDT
barack obama can show not just the sophistication of that experience, but the wisdom that comes from it. he should be able to win tonight convincingly and exploit that victory tonight in winning the presidency. >> chris, tonight we're looking at not just what's going on in the very short-term between these candidates, but also bigger picture stories about american foreign policy. for the better part of a generation, we've had a lot of consensus between the two parties. in my view during the last presidency before this one, during the george bush presidency, we saw something emer emerge. i don't know whether the republican party is going to stick with that or if they are going to revert to more centrist view that prevailed before. do you have any sense which direction mitt romney wants to go on this? he's talked so little about foreign policy. >> well, it seems to me that he's broken with one tradition, which is when the united states had the catastrophe like on 9/11 and everyone went in it together. nobody jumped around and said who left the door open. it went on of a public tep tans
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Oct 24, 2012 9:00am PDT
. my biggest concern has always been whether it's the obama administration or future administration, all of this growth in the economy and all this, you know, rising tide lifts all boats, let's talk about people having a boat first. when the tide comes in, they can actually take advantage of all the trickle down, all of the programs, all of the things that are supposedly going to be put in place. i want to wait to see what they're going to say, to spell out their agenda for addressing poverty. i'm glad it's about time we're talking about it. i think it's a little late in the game to be honest because i've said over a year ago, this should have been a lead-off discussion for the party. but we're here, so let's see what happens. >> heather, the poverty never came up in any of the presidential debates. we have 48% -- according to the census bureau 48% of this country is on -- is in poverty or on the verge of poverty. poverty is considered to be $23,000 for a family of four, which is a very, very low bar, and with $11,170 for a single person and yet the national discussion has been larg
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Oct 29, 2012 8:00am PDT
. president obama canceling plans to attend a rally in florida with bill clinton and instead headed back to the white house to monitor the storm from the situation room. he canceled an event in green bay, wisconsin scheduled for tomorrow. >> the last thing the president and i want to do is campaign and get in the way of anything. the most important thing is people's safety and health and property being saved here. >> the former president, the unofficial secretary of explaining stuff, took to the stage in the sunshine state solo. republican mitt romney will campaign today out of the storm's path in the battleground state of ohio yesterday offering these words for those in sandy's way. >> i think that right now some people in the country are a little nervous about a storm about to hit the coast, and our thoughts and prayers are with the people that find themselves in harm's way. >> what remains to be seen is how this october surprise will impact an election that is now just eight days away with early voting already under way. we want to get straight to the latest update, and for that nbc n
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Oct 23, 2012 7:00am PDT
outlining an obama second term agenda and here's the ad they made to go with it. >> we're not there yet but we've made real progress and the last thing we should do is turn back now. here's my plan for the next four years. making education and training a national priority. building on our manufacturing goal. boosting american made energy. reducing the deficits responsibly by cutting where we can and asking the wealthy to pay a little more. >> last night, the president was certainly aggressive. romney may have played it safe but made no major mistakes and his supporters also declared victory. analysts point out there's agreement on many key issues. on style, the president with zingers an pulled out the most quoted one when romney mentioned the navy. >> our navy is smaller now than any time since 1917. >> i think governor romney maybe hasn't spent time looking at how the military works. you mentioned navy, for example. fewer ships than in 1916. governor, we fewer horses than bayonets because the nature of our military's changed. >> i want to bring in dana mill bank for "the washington
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Oct 25, 2012 3:00pm PDT
the race stands. the poll tracker national average shows president obama now in the lead. getting 47.8% of the popular vote. mitt romney has 46.9% the new york times 538 blog says if the election were held today, the president would win 291 electoral votes. mitt romney would get 247. 270 are needed to win the white house. 538 says the president has a 71% chance of winning. romney has a 29% chance. and as of tonight, 7.7 million people have already voted and that includes the president who cast his own ballot today in chicago. we'll have much more on the early voting later on in the show. but we start with tonight's lead. mitt romney's mourdock mess. senate candidate richard mourdock's god intended rape comments are now threatening to undermine mitt romney's careful effort to appeal to voters as moderate mitt. desperate to hide the extreme republican positions on women's health, romney is just wishing and hoping this will all go away. but someone forgot to tell the press corps this morning in ohio. >> governor, do you wish senator mourdock would pull that ad? >> thank you. have a good d
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Oct 24, 2012 4:00pm PDT
people in the romney campaign and the obama campaign. the romney campaign says hey our candidate distanced himself from richard mourdock. the democrats are saying first of all the ads are still up. >> he's still endorsing that guy. >> secondly the key in several states, chris, are independent women voters and they say in surveys abortion is their number one issue so this is going to play right at those people in colorado, new hampshire, virginia and so forth. >> they're in bed with the far right. >> he's saying he wants bipartisanship and if he's saying he's a moderate, being in bed with richard mourdock doesn't strengthen his argument. >> people on the far right are saying what they want and this guy is in bed with him. the president's spokeswoman said "the president felt those comments were outrageous and demeaning to women." she said he found it perplexing the ads haven't come down. already the democratic national committee has a web video linking romney and mourdock. let's listen to part of that ad. >> this fall i'm supporting richard mourdock for senate. >> even when life be
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